Friday, April 24, 2009

Sometimes Newborn Animals Just Get Lucky !

The animal world is not always predictable and sometimes strangers make good bedfellows. Such is the case of today's new arrivals who found themselves in need of a helping hand from another species.

Take, for example, the case of Finnegan the squirrel, who fell from his nest and was adopted. Now Finnegan does not yet know that he isn't a dog, but I'm sure that, in time, his adopted mom will let him know. In the interim, Finnegan will enjoys his newfound family.

Most adoptive animals are receptive to other types of animals, especially nursing mothers. You can usually slip a newborn animal in with a different type of species and the mother will nurse it. This is very fortunate for the little family of newborn skunks who were introduced to a receptive nursing cat, who took over the duties of motherhood. It is also fortunate for the little skunks that their scent glands don't develop until later.

Patience is a true virtue among animals and in the case of the white kitten who sought out a friendship with a large dog, patience is an understatement. Anyone who has ever had a kitten is aware of the havoc that they can create and the trouble they can get into. From the look on the face of the dog, it's obvious that the kitten has exceeded his bounds but the dog just takes it with a grain of salt.

Of course, dogs can nurture larger animals as is the case of the female dog who was very protective to a fawn who had lost it's mother. It's interesting to see that the dog is very aware of the photographer, yet the fawn sleeps without a care.

Then, there's the case of the fawn who was slipped into a litter of puppies and judging by the body language, the fawn does not yet know it is not a dog. Nature seems to have a way of giving a helping hand to newborn animals along with the very caring people who add their own particular touch as well.

It always makes me feel good to see that in some cases of lost or abandoned newborn animals, they can sometimes get that lucky break and live a happy life.

The Cat's Meow And Puppy Dog Tales:

A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, "Your first job will be to sweep out the store." The young man said, "But I'm a college graduate." The manager said, "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know that. Here, give me the broom - I'll show you how."

An unemployed guy goes door-to-door looking for work. One home-owner hands him a brush and a tin of paint and offers him $50 to paint his porch. A few hours later the guy goes to the home-owner and says, "I've finished!! but I reckon you should know your car's a Ferrari not a Porsche!"

Then, again, not every species is always lucky enough to find a nice adoptive family. Some families just enjoy dining out and do not want the responsiblilty of raising a family.

A circus owner walked into a shop to see everyone crowded around a table watching a little show. On the table was an upside down pot and a duck tap dancing on it. The circus owner was so impressed that he offered to buy the duck from its owner. After some wheelin' and dealin' they settled for $10,000 for the duck and the pot.

Three days later the circus owner runs back to the shop in anger, "Your duck is a rip-off! I put him on the pot before a whole audience and he didn't dance a single step!" The duck's former owner though and said, "Hmmm....Did you remember to light the candle under the pot?"

That's Possum's Journal for this week. Have a great weekend and more next week.

Stray Tuned !


Linda's World said...

Hello dear Possum, another great entry by one of my favorite felines. Love the touching photos that you chose for this entry. I hate to say it but sometimes mother animals are better mothers than human mothers. Hugs to you & don't be afraid when your slave, Jimmy, goes out on the town tonight. He'll be back before you know it. Just curl up on some article of his clothing & take a nap. linda in Washington

garnett109 said...

Just like the other adoptive parents , I'm glad you're taking good care of Jimmy!

Tabby said...

I kept say AWWW on every picture. Great post, I just love animals :)

Julie said...

I love the pictures, how can anyone resist a baby, even a skunk. Loved the jokes, "here let me show you how", snort, giggle.

Paula said...

Only a cat could write a cute entry like this.

Lori said...

Loved these pictures, especially that fawn in that pile of puppies!

Anonymous said...

I just loved this one ~ thanks for sharing these lovely pictures ~ Ally x
Ally Lifewithally

Martha said...

You always have the best stuff over here Possum - I agree with what Garnett said.
Be sure to stop by later today to meet another new friend :-)